This is pretty exciting news if you’re a fan of the Alien movie franchise as film director Neill Blomkamp, (District 9, Elysium, Chappie), has been given the go-ahead to bring his vision of an Alien movie to the big screen.
The director recently uploaded various pieces of concept art for a secret Alien project he was working on for Fox. Unfortunately the project was cancelled but following the amount of positive attention the art received across the Internet a real desire by fans to see this movie started to emerge. Now it seems Blomkamp has signed a new deal with Fox to bring his own installment of the Alien franchise to the big screen with the director announcing on Instagram the exciting news.
Details are sketchy right now but what is certain is that this Alien sequel will have not attachment to Ridley Scott’s current Prometheus 2 project except that the film’s events will take place directly after. There has also been no confirmation that Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role as Ripley or that Michael Biehn will return as Corporal Dwayne Hicks both of whom were featured in Blomkamp’s concept art for the movie.
No word on a screenwriter or scheduled release date either but its early days and more news will surely follow regarding this sequel soon.
(via sister site Sequels Prequels)
Personally speaking I have been tentatively waiting for what feels like an age to see what director Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi offering Chappie will look like and now after viewing the trailer above the wait seems to have been worth it.
Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver and rattles along like so:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.
Although this looks like a more cerebral version of that 80s classic Short Circuit you can be gaurunteed it won’t have any of the fluffy themes or family friendly action.
This has to be my top most anticipated film of this year.
Elysium is directed by Neill Blomkamp, who’s previous movie District 9 is firmly lodged in my personal top ten movies of all time, and the plot rattles along like so:
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.
Blending the topic of social inequality with sci-fi. Count me in.